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SHARIA is heading for Bendigo


Strip Backer for mosqueIn this article we put forward the notions that any charity that supports Sharia—also supports abuse against women—which by our laws means they will need to be stripped of their charitable status.

Australian Islamic Mission (AIM), the official backers of the Bendigo mosque, and a charity, not only admits that Sharia is already being practiced in Australia but wants to openly adopt these practices in Australia.

We must further assume that these basic beliefs systems will be brought to Bendigo if this mosque goes ahead. While we may have not stopped the mosque’s advance through VCAT we can certainly remove the tax breaks for any organisations that flout our laws.

On the Islamic website (June 11) the secretary of the Australian Islamic Mission—Siddiq Buckley—is quoted as saying:

“There are practical examples of [sharia] here already. We have Muslim schools, mosques, funeral parlours, shops and businesses.

We’ve got abattoirs, Islamic charities, Islamic financial institutions. There are so many things – halal meals served on airlines. This is all part of Sharia.”

AIM President Calls for adoption of Sharia Law into the Australian Legal System.

Elements of Islamic law - the sharia - should be legally recognised in Australia so that Muslims can live according their faith, a prominent Muslim leader says.

Addressing an open day at Lakemba Mosque on Saturday, the president of the Australian Islamic Mission, Zachariah Matthews, said parts of sharia could be recognised as a secondary legal system so that Muslims were not forced to act contrary to their beliefs.

‘Sharia law could function as a parallel system in the same way that some traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law was recognised in the Northern Territory,

 Dr Matthews told the Herald after the session.”I don’t think we are so unsophisticated that we cannot consider a multilayered legal system as long as it doesn’t conflict with the existing civil system.’

The comments shocked some attending the open day. They felt Dr Matthews was advocating the introduction of the penal system under which women have been stoned to death for adultery, and corporal punishment is meted out for some offences.

”It came as quite a shock to some non-Muslims in the crowd when sharia law and the idea of a parallel legal system was mentioned,” one audience member, Jasmine Donnelly, said.

”One group of people just left straight after that.”

But Dr Matthews said he was referring only to certain elements of family law and inheritance law and was not advocating the sharia penal system.

”I wasn’t talking about sharia law in its entirety - we are not calling for the introduction of the penal system which calls for cutting off hands,” he said.

Dr Matthews said a clash occurred in some custody matters. ”Under sharia law, if a couple divorce and the mother remarries, her former husband has the right to decide whether the children will live with the new husband or not,” Dr Matthews said.

”There is still a preference for the child to go with the mother, but the father has the ultimate decision.(1)

AIM say they only want the Sharia concerning “women”.

AIM want us to believe that they only seek part of the Sharia to be adopted by Australia. They want to leave out the stoning and  the killing for apostacy and criticism of Islam and their prophet. Their want is only those laws that apply to their women.
This would mean however, those attending attending the Bendigo mosque for example, would find themselves socially disadvantaged to their female Commonwealth counterparts.

Sharia does not change with the times”The Shariah cannot be amended to conform to changing human values and standards, rather it it the absolute norm to which all human values and conduct must conform; it is the frame to which they must be referred; it is the scale on which they must be weighed”. —European Council of Fatwa and Research  

Sharia in Action

Here are some examples of the practice of Sharia contrasted against our Australian cultural background:
SEGREGATED: Under Sharia women must be segregated from males in Mosques, the workplace, public transport, eventually shopping centres and swimming pools—against the Australia cultural background of gender mixing.

HALF THE INHERITANCE: Under Sharia a women can only receive half the inheritance of a male. Our laws show no such bias.

DIVORCE: Unlike the gender equality afforded to Australian women to initiate divorce proceedings under Australian Law—Sharia only permits a man to initiate divorce. A woman instead must seek permission from the Sharia “courts”. That is not easily given as a man under sharia is allowed to beat his wife and and treat her as the inferior (as prescribed in the Koran “the male is superior to the woman”).

Divorce obtained by a Muslim woman under Australian law is not recognised by Islam if it has not been annulled by a Sharia Court even here in Australia.

MARRIAGE: Many marriages still remain off the books. Being married in mosque by Imams is sufficient in the eyes of Islamic society and doesn’t necessarily follow that our authorities will be notified of all marriages as we have discovered in the cases of child marriages.

An islamic male is able to divorce a woman verbally simply by saying the words three times in public and may take charge of the children. Being married in a mosque without the relevant paperwork filed, our authorities are unable to recognise her marriage, children and offer the support systems afforded to Australian marriages under our laws.

CHILDREN: Under Sharia the husband claims custody of the children and may marry off his daughters at will.

This poses a few issues for our regulators. Our Constitution is quite clear on the subject of inequality between the Queens subjects.


Rights of residents in States:

A subject of the Queen, resident in any State, shall not be subject in any other State to any disability or discrimination which would not be equally applicable to him if he were a subject of the Queen resident in such other State.


Under Islam a woman is not treated like other females in Australia. She may not able to initiate divorce proceedings. She only receives half the inheritance of the Muslim male and is considered inferior.. This is gender inequality and discrimination against women. This is against the Constitution of Australia. That means Sharia on these matters are against the Constitution of Australia. Further the Constitution is clear about other issues like domestic violence.



Protection of States from invasion and violence:

The Commonwealth shall protect every State against invasion and, on the application of the Executive Government of the State, against domestic violence.

Domestic violence is actively encouraged in Islam.

Men are allowed by sharia to beat their wives.Wives are considered a degree lower than their husbands with prescriptions on sex that give males supremacy even in the bedroom. Men are also allowed to engage in prepubescent marriages and polygamy which are considered abuses against females of all ages.

IT IS not just AIM and Sharia—its ISLAM that is against our Constitution

The following scriptures in Islam have formed the basis behind all the current Sharia regulations and underpin the woman’s lesser standing in Islam. Sharia has enshrined these passages into legislation and into the way of life for Muslims, the world over.

HUSBAND CAN HIT THEIR WIVES: The Quran in Sura 4:34 says: 4:34 . . . If you fear highhandedness from your wives, remind them [of the teaching of God], then ignore them when you go to bed, then hit them. If they obey you, you have no right to act against them. God is most high and great. 

This is how that scripture has now been captured into Sharia as shown in this handbook
(From the authorised English Sharia Law Manual—The Reliance of the Traveller)


beat wives

MATURE MEN CAN MARRY PUBESCENT GIRLS:  The Quran in Sura 65:1, 4 says: 65:1 O Prophet, when you [and the believers] divorce women, divorce them for their prescribed waiting—period and count the waiting—period accurately . . . 4 And if you are in doubt about those of your women who have despaired of menstruation, (you should know that) their waiting period is three months, and the same applies to those who have not menstruated as yet. As for pregnant women, their period ends when they have delivered their burden.

prepubescent marriage


DOUBLE THE INHERITANCE: The Quran in Sura 4:11 says:” The share of the male shall be twice that of a female.

A HUSBAND CAN GET RID OF HIS WIFE: The Quran in Sura 4:129 says: It is not within your power to be perfectly equitable in your treatment with all your wives, even if you wish to be so; therefore, [in order to satisfy the dictates of Divine Law] do not lean towards one wife so as to leave the other in a state of suspense.

SLAVES ARE THE SEXUAL PROPERTY OF MEN: The Quran in Sura 4:24 says: And forbidden to you are wedded wives of other people except those who have fallen in your hands [as prisoners of war] . . .

MAN CAN MARRY 4 FEMALES: The Quran in Sura 4:3 says: And if you be apprehensive that you will not be able to do justice to the orphans, you may marry two or three or four women whom you choose. But if you apprehend that you might not be able to do justice to them, then marry only one wife, or marry those who have fallen in your possession.

WITNESS OF WOMEN IS HALF: Sura 2:282: The Prophet said, ‘Isn’t the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?’ The women said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘This is because of the deficiency of a woman’s mind.’

HUSBAND A DEGREE ABOVE WIVES: The Quran in Sura 2:228 says:. . . Wives have the same rights as the husbands have on them in accordance with the generally known principles. Of course, men are a degree above them in status . . .

Gender inequality shows up in a theological context. This hadith shows that the majority of the inhabitants of hell are women. The Prophet said, ‘I looked at Paradise and found poor people forming the majority of its inhabitants; and I looked at Hell and saw that the majority of its inhabitants were women.’  (Bukhari)

 WOMAN HAS NO SAY IN SEX:  A husband has sex with his wife, as a plow goes into a field.The Quran in Sura (Chapter) 2:223 says: Your women are your fields, so go into your fields whichever way you like. (yes this is to do with sexual positions)

SHOULD AIM’s Charity Status be revoked?

AIM is an Islamic charity. By subscribing to Sharia Law it is supporting the inequality and abuse of women in direct contradiction to Australia’s gender equality laws. Women under Islam occupy an inferior and vulnerable status as well as quarantined from Australian society, culture and ways.

Our Charitable Status laws distinctly demand that organisations which teach or uphold domestic violence to have their charity status revoked on this basis.


Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012 - C2014C00015 Subdivision 75‑B—Application of this Division 75‑5 Provisions subject to monitoring

h. the condition may lead to an entity having its registration as a type or subtype of entity revoked.

The following provisions are subject to monitoring under this Division:

(a) a provision of this Act that creates an offence;

(b) a provision of a legislative instrument made under this Act that creates an offence;

(c) a provision of the Crimes Act 1914 or the Criminal Code that creates an offence, to the extent that the offence relates to this Act or a legislative instrument made under this Act;

(d) a provision of this Act, if non‑compliance with the provision gives rise to an administrative penalty; (

e) a provision of a legislative instrument made under this Act, if non‑compliance with the provision gives rise to an administrative penalty;

(f) a provision of this Act creating a condition, if:

(i) compliance with the condition is necessary for an entity to be entitled to registration as a type or subtype of entity; or

(ii) non‑compliance with


Islam based on this Act should not be accorded with ANY charitable status in Australia. As Australians we need to lobby our Government to remove these financial considerations forthwith.

AIM is also on public record supporting Sharia and wanting these sharia imposed inequalities concerning their women.  AIM is a charity and needs to be stripped of their charitable status  for contravening our equality legislation and supporting the abuse and inequality of women.

This should apply to all Islamic holders of charitable status including Islamic schools and mosques which propagate this inequality.

We have a Constitution. It is time the Government upheld it.

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